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'''Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley''' (née '''Godwin'''; 30 August 1797 – 1 February 1851) was an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel literature|travel writer, best known for her Gothic fiction|Gothic novel Frankenstein|''Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus'' (1818). She also edited and promoted the works of her husband, the Romantic poetry|Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley. Her father was the political philosopher William Godwin, and her mother was the philosopher and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft. After Wollstonecraft's death less than a month after her daughter Mary was born, Mary was raised by Godwin, who was able to provide his daughter with a rich, if informal, education, encouraging her to adhere to his own liberal political theories. When Mary was four, her father married a neighbour, with whom, as her stepmother, Mary came to have a troubled...
Birth date30 August 1797
Birth placeSomers Town, London, England
Death date{{death date and age|1851|2|1|1797|8|30|df=y}}
Death placeChester Square, London, England
ParentsWilliam Godwin
Mary Wollstonecraft
SpousePercy Bysshe Shelley
(m. 1816–1822; his death)
ChildrenPercy Florence Shelley
RelationsWilliam Godwin (father)
Mary Wollstonecraft (mother)
Fanny Imlay (maternal half-sister)
Claire Clairmont (stepsister)
OccupationWriter
Signature| period = Romantic literature|Romantic / Gothic fiction|Gothic
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